Regional Arts Development Central West NSW


Welcome to our list of arts and cultural events happening in the NSW Central West gathered from artists, event producers, great local venues and groups across the region.
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Pat Ford – Pride of Orange

Sat 1 May - Thu 28 October

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. Celebrating the career of a remarkable Orange sportsman, this exhibiton features rarely seen photographs, film footage and sporting memorabilia.

Karla Dickens – Mother’s Little Helpers

Tue 13 July - Sun 7 November

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. In February 2019, Lismore-based Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens was invited to collaborate with Bruce Pascoe as part of a project called An Artist, A Farmer & a Scientist Walk into a Bar. The project was initiated by the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation, an organisation committed to supporting creative practices that respond to cultural change across a broad range of disciplines. The work that Dickens and Pascoe produced, Mother’s Little Helpers, focused on the urgent need to protect and conserve the land and to cease the many destructive practices that are threatening our environment.

Myall Creek and Beyond

Sat 31 July - Sun 7 November

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. On the afternoon of Sunday 10 June 1838, a group of eleven convicts and ex-convict stockmen led by a squatter, brutally slaughtered a group of twenty-eight Aboriginal men, women and children who were camped peacefully at the station of Myall Creek in the New England region. 180 years after these events a group of Indigenous contemporary artists created works which explore the issues and complexities of this significant historic event and its aftermath locally and nationally

Another World: Colin Fenn & Karin Smith

Sat 31 July - Sun 7 November

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Bathurst based artists Colin Fenn and Karin Smith have been collaborating for over a decade, both working within sculpture and bronze casting. Each artist has developed their own unique style and approach to figurative bronze; an artistic tradition stretching back thousands of years.

Paddy Fordham Wainburranga: Recent Acquisitions

Sat 31 July - Sun 7 November

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Paddy Fordham Wainburranga (1932 - 2006) was a dancer, painter, printmaker, sculptor of the Dhuwa moiety and Rembarrnga mythologies dreaming, born at Bandibu (or Bamdibu/ Bumdubu) (in Arnhem Land, the Northern Territory, Australia). Wainburranga’s painted and printed subject matter includes ancestral stories as well as political and social changes experienced, and incorporates iconography from both Aboriginal and European cultures. He painted, printed and sculpted spirit figures such as the Balangjangalan Spirit, an ancestral spirit, and Mimi Spirits.

Stories from Homedale

Sat 7 August 2021, - Sun 9 January 2022,

MUDGEE ARTS PRECINCT, MUDGEE. The inaugural exhibition’Stories from Homedale’ by @guy_maestri will be opening to the public on 7 August as scheduled but in a COVID-safe environment.

The Matriarch

Mon 4 October - Sun 31 October

JUMBLED, ORANGE. Amanda is a Wiradjuri artist from Wagga Wagga who uses art to express her thoughts and values. This exhibition, 'The Matriarch' explores every aspect of the modern woman - from the mental burden to the dynamic of friendships.

Jason McDonald – The Roo, the Magpie and Friends

Wed 20 October - Sat 30 October

CORNER STORE GALLERY, ORANGE. In this most recent collection, Jason presents a delightful portrait series of his orphan animals - Loppy the kangaroo, Squeaker the magpie, Holly the honeyeater and Little Pipit. All rescued on the farm, they soon ingratiated into both home and heart providing pure talent for a quick photographer. We follow their free for all amongst the memorabilia of the lovingly restored Shearer’s Cottage Jason calls home. The stylised monochromatic compositions contrasted with colourful vintage objects and fresh cut flowers from his garden lead us to examine nostalgic notions of childhood, memory, colour and play

Contours: Interpretations of Australian Landscapes

Fri 22 October - Wed 1 December

GRENFELL ART GALLERY, GRENFELL. This exhibition presents subjective, observational and conceptual interpretations of the natural environment through painting, drawing, textiles and mixed media.

Child’s Play: Growing up in Orange in the 1950s and 1960s

Sat 23 October 2021, - Sun 20 March 2022,

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. This collaboration between the Orange Regional Museum and the Orange & District Historical Society melds large-scale historical images with toys and familiar objects from the era, multimedia presentations and hands-on interactives for young ones and the young at heart.

Calleen Art Award 2021

Sun 31 October - Sun 5 December

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. The Calleen Art Award is a major Gallery event and a favourite annual exhibition with Cowra and district audiences and visitors to the region. This celebrated acquisitive art prize is open to original contemporary paintings in any style or subject and its ongoing development as a nationally significant and prestigious art award is due to the support of the Calleen Trust providing prize money of $25,000 for 2021. 

Sculptures in the Garden

Sat 6 November - Sun 21 November

MUDGEE. Sculptures in the Garden is an exciting event that combines garden design, large scale Australian sculpture and traditional art mediums in beautiful rural surroundings within a private garden and vineyard in Mudgee


Sat 6 November - Sun 28 November

GANG GANG GALLERY, LITHGOW. Adrift is a collaborative exhibition focused on the amazing array of twisted, burnt, dented, discolored, and gnarled wood that gets washed onto the shores every day. Every piece has its own personality and has been shaped by its journey through storms, currents, tides, and bushfires

Lithgow Arts Trail

Sat 6 November - Sun 7 November
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One event on Sat 13 November 2021, at 12:00 am

One event on Sun 14 November 2021, at 12:00 am

LITHGOW. The Lithgow Arts Trail consists of a two-weekend event from 6th November to the 14th November celebrating open studios run by artisans and artists in Hartley, Kanimbla, Lithgow, and Portland.

Bathurst Arts Trail

Sat 6 November at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on Sun 7 November 2021, at 10:00 am

An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until Sat 2 April 2022,

An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until Sun 3 April 2022,

BATHURST. A monthly open house of local Bathurst artists’ galleries, studios, cafes etc. The Trail runs on the first full weekend of every month, 10am to 4pm, with free entry to all studios.Go to for all the information you need to create your very own itinerary.

Skoberon Art Prize 2021

Sat 27 November at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

OBERON. The Skoberon Art Prize aims to celebrate & appreciate the design & function of Skoda & Tatra vehicles through artistic expression. Enter for a chance to have your work added to Museum's permanent collection. This year's theme is Skoda & Tatra cars

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upstART 2021

Sun 28 November - Sun 12 December

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. The 19th annual UpstART Exhibition and Awards showcases the work of regional students in Stages 5 and 6, encompassing a broad range of styles and subjects. The exhibition includes experimental and creative approaches to painting, ceramics, mixed media, photography and sculpture

Bathurst Remembers World War 2 Exhibition (NEW DATES)

Fri 25 February 2022, - Mon 28 February 2022,

BATHURST. This WW2 Exhibition will consist of 'Snapshots of World War 2' - 600 enlarged photos of soldiers in action, battlefields, training, the home front, Bathurst Army Camp, etc. There will also be the 'Wall of Valour' - Over 130 enlarged photos of World War 2 Service Men and Women with an association with Bathurst who enlisted and served, over 2000 photos in all.

Where Mountains Meet Infinity

Thu 3 March 2022, - Sun 27 March 2022,

GANG GANG GALLERY, LITHGOW. Where Mountains Meet Infinity explores our relationship with mountains as we traverse over them and how they impact our sense of space, time and perspective. Bringing together three exceptional Australian artists who use nature to influence their works of art: Fibre Artist Catriona Pollard Ceramist Michelle Perrett, and painter and printmaker Gary Shinfield

Hands on Clay II

Thu 5 May 2022, - Sun 19 June 2022,

GANG GANG GALLERY, LITHGOW. A group exhibition showcasing a collection of masters in their field in this dynamic and thought-provoking show

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The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West. These events are sourced or supplied from local venues and arts organisations. Many events listed here have been originally shared by the organisers on social media. Whilst all care is taken – and accuracy is our priority – we can take no responsibility for date changes or the content of contributed information. Contact the event organisers listed for more details or to book tickets. If you have submitted an event and want to make changes just email us at